Make back to school a happy time

South Waikato News - - EDUCATION -

Stu­dents from across the South Waikato head back to school next week but some will be go­ing to school for the first time.

The first few days can be a stress­ful and dif­fi­cult time but, with the right prepa­ra­tion, things can be made eas­ier. Some help­ful tips in­clude:

En­sure your child has ev­ery­thing they need for their first day. Most schools will send out a sta­tionery list with the books and sta­tionery stu­dents need.

En­sure your child knows how they are go­ing home. If you are pick­ing them up show them where you will meet them. If they are catch­ing the bus make sure they know where the bus will be.

Get into the school rou­tine early. Chil­dren need to get enough sleep to func­tion prop­erly at school. For sev­eral days be­fore school restarts get your chil­dren into bed at the same time they will be on a school night.

Chil­dren who read dur­ing the school hol­i­days are more likely to re­tain the read­ing level they had when school ended. Read­ing keeps the mind sharp and helps ex­pand a child’s vo­cab­u­lary.

Make school an ex­cit­ing place for your child by em­pha­sis­ing the pos­i­tives. Chil­dren pick up on their par­ents’ at­ti­tudes so start the year on a pos­i­tive note. If a par­ent com­plains about back to school shop­ping, for ex­am­ple, a child may as­so­ci­ate school with neg­a­tive feel­ings.

Prac­tise hand­writ­ing and spell­ing in the lead-up to school start­ing. Many chil­dren do not write over the sum­mer so help them with ac­tiv­i­ties such as writ­ing thank-you notes, jour­nals, letters or sto­ries.

GET SET: Stu­dents are head­ing back to school next week, there are many things par­ents can do to make the tran­si­tion eas­ier.

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